Like most of his fellow competitors, Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.) for years juggled working a “day-job” while moonlighting as one of the world’s top Long Drivers. A few weeks ago, the No. 14 ranked competitor in the world decided to leave behind his role as a site manager for a logistics company in order to pursue golf full-time.
“I talked with my wife, who is just one of the best supporters of everything,” said Moose. “Once I started to have a conversation with her, she literally said, ‘What took you so long?’, and it seems to be the same deal with my family. They couldn’t be more happy and prouder of me.”
Following the decision to make the transition, the Pittsburgh native recently took part in the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational not far from where he grew up, at the Pittsburgh Field Club outside of the city.
“I actually grew up caddying in that tournament when I was younger,” said Moose. “The invitational is the premier and biggest event in Pittsburgh and it was one of those lifelong dreams of mine to be able to compete in. So I wrote a letter to Mr. Fuhrer and got the invite.”
Last week, Moose attempted to nab a spot in the coveted Monday qualifier of the PGA TOUR’s “A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier”. Next week, he’ll take part in the West Penn Open at renowned Oakmont Country Club after finishing eagle-birdie in the qualifier to claim a spot in the field.
“[While working as a site manager] I could never fully give 100 percent effort into [golf],” said Moose. “For me, that’s disheartening, especially as a competitor, you want to come in and you want to be able to win. And whenever you know that you’re not going to have your best, you feel that you’re at a disadvantage.”
The 2018 World Long Drive season has been a successful one thus far for Moose, led by a victory in March at the East Coast Classic in Columbia where he and his wife reside. With the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship less than two months away, there’s still opportunity for the 32-year-old to put an exclamation point on his season.
“I feel that I’m a great ambassador of the sport of long drive,” said Moose. “I’m very passionate about long drive and think what we’re doing as a long drive community is so great right now. Obviously, I would love to win a World Championship and I feel that is within my grasp.”
By: Luke Halgerson